The Man Who Became Caravaggio: Art is Freedom

Caravaggio is a famous painter that had changed the point of view of art world. During his time as a young adult, he moved to Rome. At that time, many Italian churches need a religious painter, who really understood all the rules in painting or making some art projects, to fill the building with paintings. However, Caravaggio wasn’t like that.


You painted from life. You painted what you saw and a good man in painting knew how to do natural things.
— Caravaggio, "M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio"

In his opinion, according to Peter Robb's M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio, good painters are they who can think naturally and bring it out straight on the canvas. The Italian churches didn’t allow artists to do sensual and violent paintings. That rule really ruled the art in centuries. As the effect, many of the artists couldn’t bring their freedom out to do artworks, while art usually comes up with ideas in free mind. However, seems like the freedom had always been in contra with the mannerism that had been in the religion rules. Caravaggio was the first one out there who had the bravery to pull out the naturalism in him and put that in all of his artworks and paintings. He did sensual and violent paintings; at least that’s what the churches said. For him, those paintings were the mix of expressions and emotions that he naturally put on the canvas. His works had always been a big controversy to the churches.

Those controversial acts successfully made all eyes on Caravaggio and his artworks. People got their attentions all to him, and so were the other painters. They were just surprised by the act of this phenomenal painter, who was brave enough to express naturally everything that a painter wants to paint, and try to follow what he had already done. Not just it, there were people who dislike it, such us the governor and the church people. For them the paintings are nasty things, which were painted by a sinful painter. He got blacklisted by the law of morality. The churches called him as an anti-Christ of art.

However, what they didn’t know is the more they pushed him, the more he pushed back too. Caravaggio did many more painting projects without a head to care haters’ mouths and talks. He just wanted to prove what art is. People in Italy were ‘jailed’ in ridiculous and nonsense rules for a long time. He wanted to free all the people that actually want a kind of freedom to express something in their minds, and wanted to straighten the ruler’s mind so they could see more what exactly their people want to. He couldn’t accept that the other painters during that time were always been ‘jailed’ in the same rules too.

Fortunately, the people finally want their freedom back. Seems like they were ‘jailed’ under pressure for too long. After Caravaggio died, many people, and so are the haters, admit that what Caravaggio did have changed many things in the world of art. Until now, paintings, especially on the fragments and in some churches in Italy, were so alive and natural. Naked paintings and murder paintings were now good for the churches.

In my opinion, the effects that were brought by Caravaggio were good because art isn’t art if it has rules that can prevent someone to express and pour their emotions. Art is about freedom and unlimited space. Everything can be brought to anything beyond the ideas. Robert Hughes said that the generation of art that some artists brought before Caravaggio is very different. Caravaggio had successfully changed the world through art, especially on paintings.

Ruth Vania ChristineComment